Internet safety is everyone’s business, it entails the act of being safe while using the internet. This includes using strong passwords and ensuring that each password you use is unique for different accounts and platforms should there be a data breach, it won’t spread.
It also involves adding an extra security layer by using two-factor authentication, anti-virus installation, not clicking on random links, updating software as at when due, and using only secure connection among others.
Blockchain plays a huge role in internet safety, it offers increased security through its decentralized data system, encryption feature, and improved authentication which help reduce identity theft and protects against other fraudulent activities.
Blockchain also offers improved privacy for both personal information and transactions.
The improved security of blockchain systems depends largely on the proper implementation and use of the technology, so while the technology can improve internet safety, there are concerns about the technology.
Lack of regulation is a big concern for the technology, and the immutability of the technology is another concern.
This is a security feature, however, it also means once a data breach occurs the data is compromised permanently.
The work of being safe is ultimately that of the internet user at the end of the day, which means getting the best of blockchain concerning internet safety depends on the user.
Here are five things to do to ensure safety;
Research best practices
Conduct adequate research and get updated with the latest information on blockchain technology. This will help you know when there are upgrades you need to jump on and practices that have become obsolete that might leave you vulnerable if you continue doing them.
Double-check platforms and services before use
This entails that before using any blockchain platform or blockchain-based service, you double-check them and ensure that it is a reputable one with long reviews and ratings backing them.
Careful use and storage of private keys
Most blockchain platforms, wallets, and applications use private keys to enhance safety. Ensuring you use and store these private keys carefully, so it falls into the wrong hands is tantamount to safety.
Try combining other forms of security as well, like two-factor authentication.
Always use updated software
When a software update happens, usually there is an accompanying security update too. Constantly updating when there’s an update will protect you against vulnerabilities.
Always check and confirm URLs
Always check every URL before clicking, because that’s how phishing attacks happen. Quickly exit any website that looks phony and do not supply personal information on such websites.
Blockchain is a new technology on the internet that while it offers enhanced and improved services for everything also has its shortcomings.
Understanding of how the technology works would save you from malicious attacks.
Blockchain technology has lots of benefits it can offer, however, only the knowledge and practice of these best practices mentioned above will ensure that you get these benefits as well as keep you safe on the internet.
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